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Basque Fatherland and Liberty

Spanish Terrorist group
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Avery Mazur

on 17 May 2010

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Transcript of Basque Fatherland and Liberty

Basque Fatherland and Liberty also known as ETA or Euskadi ta Askatasuna founded in Spain in 1959 the ETA wants a independent homeland based on marxist principles Essentially they want to get rid of social status and have a fascist, or communist country. Spanish police and government is the declared enemy of the ETA their targets consist of primarily government officials the ETA has been known to assassinate officials in France as well They have killed over 800 people including a police chief, and
ttempted assassinations of presidents and kings. The main weapon of the ETA is explosives They haven't been known for using guns in any attack since 1959. The alleged leader of Basque Fatherland and Liberty is Garikoitz Aspiazu Rubina, he was arrested in November 2008 by Spanish police. The group started as a nationalist party and evolved throughout the 60's into a revolutionary Marxist group. In 2003, the Batasuna political party, a strong political arm for the ETA, was banned by the Supreme Court and diplomatic relations have failed since. They are a culturally distinct christian group residing in mountainous areas between Spain and France. there are between 2 and 3 million Basques living in this area, which was revealed by a census taken last year by Spanish government. In March 2004, on the eve of the Spanish national election, bombs planted on commuter trains in the Spanish capital killed two-hundred people and injured hundreds of others. Aznar's conservative government, which had taken criticism for sending Spanish troops to Iraq as part of the American-led invasion, quickly blamed ETA for the bombings. When it quickly emerged that al-Qaeda, in fact, was behind the attacks, support for the government plummeted troops were withdrawn soon after. the government had a right to accuse the terrorist group, though the result of their actions costed valuable favor with the people. The USA has marked this group as terrorist. Their actions show more harm than good in Spain, and so
this is a fair accusation. Though they are of no current threat to
United States security. The group's power has waned over the years, but officials warn that their power is still disruptive and considered a national threat to Spain. In the years to come, negotiations will hopefully prevail before more people die. Avery Mazur Tisha Roth
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